“Our hospitals are not overwhelmed as we have increased capacity during closure. Most cases are mild and very few require hospitalization. Currently, only 1,000 to 2,000 beds out of over 1.30 lakh beds earmarked with ICU and iltstøtte (which is a larger proportion), “said a senior official.
With progress on the third phase of closure, along with the relaxation and movement of migrant workers back to their original villages, the government does not want to rush to change its plans and is likely to wait to see if there is a significant increase in the number of cases .
In dedicated hospitals, 99,000 beds have oxygen support and 35,000 are in ICUs. While most of the capacity is in the public sector, approx. 10% of beds in private hospitals, mostly in metros. At present, there are about 970 covid-only hospitals for comprehensive treatment of serious and critical patients. In addition, there are about 2,300 Covid health centers – either full hospitals or dedicated blocks of oxygen support for clinically moderate patients.
“We are monitoring the situation very closely. An escalation or escalation decision will be centered on exploitation. I think we will wait for some time and call this by the end of this month, ”the official told TOI.
The center has received suggestions from the private sector to build separate Covid hospitals, similar to what China has done. However, the government has not yet called for it. Some private players have expressed interest. But in the current situation, we do not see the need for more infrastructure. Exploitation is very low. We hope, even in the future, we do not need one, ”said the official.
The data from the Ministry of Health so far indicates less severity of the disease overall in India with only 1.1% of all Covid-19 patients on respirators, 3.3% on medical oxygen and 4.8% in ICU beds. There are also 6.45 lakh isolation beds earmarked for suspected cases with Covid-19 and patients across the country. While many of these isolations Maker is in the private sector, including hotels, cabins and service apartments that now join using facilities, many of these facilities were originally created by governments – in both the Center and respective states.
Meanwhile, both center and state governments are also trying to convert some of these hospital isolation beds set up to dedicated Covid care beds with comprehensive facilities such as oxygen support, etc.